Message from Chairman Emeritus


Looking back at 2016 at BPEF/CHEERS, the year has been an eventful one. While the number of patients seen at CHEERS have gone up by one third, our community outreach program has slightly declined largely due to after effects of 2015 earthquake and the blockade lasting over half a year. Overall surgical rates have increased by almost half. Initiation and graduation of training for Community Ear Care Worker marks a turning point in ear care in Nepal. It will help improve access to ear care services over a period of time. This is a critical development as hearing impairment is the commonest disability in Nepal. So does the launching of Retina Eye Care Nepal (RECON) Project augur well for expansion of vitreo-retinal services in Nepal to contain the emerging epidemic of non-communicable diseases.
Two important activities initiated during this year by BPEF/CHEERS mark our foray to improve neonatal health. They include the launching of Newborn hearing screening and screening of eyes of premature babies for retinopathy of prematurity- an emerging threat in low and middle income countries.
A baseline survey and assessment of health and education needs of children with vision and or hearing impairments in Bara District with partner Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Finland was an important event. This activity has now resulted in approval by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland of a two year (2017-2018) intervention program for children with vision and hearing disability which takes early intervention service beyond Kathmandu Valley.
Given the huge burden of hearing disability in Nepal, this initiative taken by BPEF/CHEERS in organizing a public awareness program through World Hearing day 2016, marks another important step in prevention and control of deafness in the country. This event was followed by a two-day national conference on community ear and hearing care participated well by national and international delegates with a sizable presentation by  BPEF augurs well for the leadership role played by BPEF in this important area.
Although our OPD attendance has increased, surgical output is still less than optimal. The gap between actual and potential outputs needs to be closed in the coming years.  However, monitoring of outcome, now an integral part of our care system, happily reveals a good outcome for both ENT and Eye Surgery.
In the year 2017 while we continue to make seamless efforts at increasing both quantity and quality of existing services, new innovative programs will cover the canvas as well. These include early detection of major non-communicable diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension and nutrition (both under and over) with a view to reduce their incidence and to minimize their complications on our visitor's eyes. We also hope to expand the capacity of our Enabling Center to initiate an "infant to toddler" program for children with sensory disabilities. As our earlier study has shown that over 90% of blind children are either born blind or become blind within two years of birth, we will start screening children at immunization center (s) and later at birthing center(s) to detect congenital defects and other vision threatening conditions as early as possible while continuing with neonatal hearing screening.

Madan P. Upadhyay
Chairman Emeritus

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